Technology 

Assessment in Canvas

Presenter: Tomas Villa

Tentatively Scheduled for September 18, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades 6-12


Canvas offers several assessments that can be used to track and improve student learning. In this workshop, educators will explore how to use Canvas more effectively for assessing students. Participants will learn how to use rubrics, using new quizzes, best practices for administering a quiz on Canvas, attaching standards to questions, how to use Respondus lockdown browser, create and organize item banks, and some optional third-party applications to help decrease teacher workload. The workshop will provide educators with plenty of time to practice with these tools and ask any individual questions.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Presenter: Marc Cicchino

Tentatively Scheduled for March 4, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades 6-12


Workshop participants will learn about recent developments in augmented and virtual reality and will have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of virtual reality experiences (i.e., guided meditations on the cliffs of the California coast, teleportations through time and space, and immersive virtual field trips to museums around the globe). Takeaways will be new strategies for putting these cutting-edge technologies to work in the classroom.


*Note: Participants are expected to bring a Smartphone, and will be directed to download a series of VR apps prior to the workshop.

Back to Basics: Macbook Refresher: 1/2-day session

Presenter: Marc Cicchino

Tentatively Scheduled for October 11, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12


In this workshop, participants will explore MacBook software, features, and functionality that can enhance teaching and learning. This includes the Apple Creativity suite (iMovie and GarageBand), productivity tips (shortcuts and settings), a plethora of built-in accessibility tools that support Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and much more. By the end of this workshop, participants will feel comfortable creating (and asking MacBook-equipped students to create) podcasts, documentaries, short films, and other creative multimedia projects.


*Note: This is a 1/2-day session, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Back to Basics with the iPad:  1/2-day session

Presenter: Marc Cicchino

Tentatively Scheduled for October 18, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12


In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of operating the Apple iPad, tips and tricks for getting the most out of the device, and advanced features that can enhance teaching and learning. This includes iPad gestures and shortcuts, iPad apps such as iMovie and GarageBand, accessibility features that support UDL, and much more. By the end of this workshop, participants will feel comfortable creating (and asking iPad-equipped students to create) podcasts, documentaries, short films, and other creative multimedia projects.


*Note: This is a 1/2-day session, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Canvas LMS: Advanced Course

Presenter: Marc Cicchino

Tentatively Scheduled for September 26, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12


For educators who are already familiar with Canvas LMS and its tools (i.e., Mastery Connect and Canvas Studio), this workshop will explore the many integrations with Canvas. Canvas easily integrates many K-12 tools and apps in one seamless learning experience. Attendees should bring a list of tools and apps that they use, or would like to use, and will learn how to integrate into Canvas and develop for their classroom.

Canvas LMS: Intermediate Course

Presenter: Marc Cicchino

Tentatively Scheduled for September 19, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12


For those who already have Canvas LMS and are familiar with the basics of Canvas,  this session will provide additional information/tips. Participants will delve into more advanced features of Canvas such as the Mastery Connect integrated curriculum and assessment tools, as well as Canvas Studio, a communication tool that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media.

ChatGPT in the Classroom: Enhance Your Teaching While Mindfully Navigating the World of AI Technology

Presenter: Jeffrey Lai

Tentatively Scheduled for September 28, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Pre-K-12


This engaging, interactive workshop is designed for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas who are curious about ChatGPT. The workshop emphasizes hands-on learning and collaboration to help educators:



*The original blurb for this workshop was developed with assistance from ChatGPT. This link will show how it was done. 

Giving Units a GLOW UP Using Google Slides: How to Revamp Lessons and Increase Student Engagement

Presenters: Angela Banta & Julia Leibowitz

Tentatively Scheduled for November 27, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades 6-12


What does it mean to give teaching materials a “GLOW UP” transformation? Participants will learn how to revitalize their teaching units and increase student engagement using Google Slides. Through examples and modeling, participants will experience how materials can be transformed into colorful, interactive slideshows that peak student interest and foster greater understanding of content. Participants will view “before and after'' samples of units the presenters have transformed, and learn how to use the many features of Google Slides, as well as other websites such as Bitmoji, Slidesgo, and Slide Carnival. Following a demonstration and discussion, participants will be given time to revamp their own teaching materials using the strategies taught, with assistance from the presenters. The goal is for all participants to leave with new, engaging slideshows that will captivate their students’ attention.

Google Apps, Add-Ons, and Extensions

Presenter: Christine Massaro

Tentatively Scheduled for October 19, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12


This workshop will offer a variety of technology strategies, apps, add-ons, and chrome extensions for anyone who works in education at any level. Special emphasis will be placed on Google Apps, screencasting tips, and time-saving extensions. 

Increase Your Efficiency by Getting the Most Out of Gmail and Google Calendar

Presenter: Christine Massaro

Tentatively Scheduled for September 22, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12


This workshop will offer best practices for increasing efficiency using Google Calendar, Gmail, and other Google Apps. Special emphasis will be placed on shortcuts and maximizing time on the computer. 

Media Arts Roundtable

Presenter: Chris Nerkizian

Tentatively Scheduled for December 5, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-5


Media Arts is described as the study of human communication through film, photography, video, audio, computer/digital arts, and interactive media. Come learn more about the new New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Media Arts and how to infuse into the classroom. Participants will explore podcasting, video creation, and other models of Media Arts implementation and are encouraged to share their own ideas and examples with the group.

Scratch That!

Presenter: Amy Kenny

Tentatively Scheduled for January 9, 2024

Recommended for Educators of 3-8


Students can use Scratch to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations, while learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. A free programming language and online community, Scratch can be utilized in stand-alone technology classes or integrated into both core and special subject areas. Participants will learn how to create programs, make animations and games and solve programming problems with Scratch 3.0. In addition, participants will learn how to manage classrooms and studios as well as grade assignments using Scratch. 

Teaching Hacks for Today's Classroom: 1/2-day session

Presenter: Kelly Stevens

Tentatively Scheduled for March 22, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12


Life hacks should not be available only on social media feeds. Teachers can use 21st-century teaching hacks, or technology skills when teaching students to develop career and literacy skills. These hacks may include, but are not limited to, making the most of a Mac, keyboarding shortcuts, screencasting, workflows, QR codes, and a brief look at what Google can do for all computer users.


*Note: This is a 1/2-day session, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.